Ever since Carrie Fisher’s untimely death, there have been reports that her role as Princess Leia might continue using digital re-creation efforts, such as were used briefly in her case (and extensively in Peter Cushing’s case) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
These rumors intensified when Lucasfilm’s Story Group was reported to be meeting last week to plan how to proceed.
Before her passing, Fisher finished work on December’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, and was set to have a large role in 2019’s Episode IX — but production hasn’t begun on that film; hence, the huddle at Skywalker Ranch to figure out how to fill her role.
Apparently, however, that strategy won’t include digital wizardry a la the final moments of Rogue One. On Friday, Lucasfilm issued an unusually terse statement quashing that possibility:
We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.
Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.